This is the tale of Woody, here he is with his lovely human Hermina.
The subject of having a plan came up this weekend in our Waterhole Rituals ™ clinic. I said personally I think it is fine to have a plan, so long as we remain flexible, one of the participants found it easier to be clear for her horse if she had a plan. Our horses may offer us more than we ‘planned’ for though, so we wouldn’t want to miss something special they may offer by sticking inflexibly to our plan.
Woody was the horse that tipped me totally off balance, my plan was scuppered and we all paused to hear him. Woody has another human friend called Anna and she also came to the clinic, my ‘plan’ was for Hermina and Anna to play the carrot game with Woody this involves two people and it has many benefits for our relationships. Our horse makes decisions, they learn to be sent and to be drawn, it can improve our horses gas pedal, and focus. We improve our abilities and timing too.
This was not how things went, I felt a strong connection to Woody almost straight away. He only has one eye and can be spooky as when a dog barked close to him and he spooked at the beginning of his session. I was hoping to put Hermina at ease by working with him a little, he has scared her in the past as he moves very fast. I felt he wanted me on his blind side he was very clear about this, so we interacted with each other, saying hello, leading him from behind a little and making connections, I knew his spook was long forgotten on his part and that is how he needed me to feel too. I felt very close to him. I was about to hand over to Hermina and get out of the way when he stopped me in my tracks and buried his muzzle in my hands telling me he needed a moment, so we stopped I explained he needs a moment. This moment seemed to go on and the longer it went on the more I was picking up from him. He decided I could listen like a horse.
Woody really showed me that he could ‘see’ right into me. He made me feel that sight is only one of our senses and he could still ‘see’ and feel us all the time. He let me know that he is a very special horse and maybe with his failing sight he wanted to be seen for what is within him, his huge spirit and presence are the things he shared with me in those moments. He made sure he was heard and pushed me to acknowledge that I could hear him, he stopped me in my tracks and made sure of it!
Woody really is a beautiful spirit and he so wants to connect and be heard. It felt very much like our paths were destined to collide.
I am very grateful to have met him and Hermina, we will stay connected I know that. I know he loves his human and trusts her and he came to teach me as much as Hermina. It’s a hard job sharing the Waterhole Rituals ™ and meeting the nicest, most open people I could hope to meet along the way.
I realised after writing this that I had written the phrase ” Listen like a horse” and I had that morning said goodbye to Kerri Lake who’s book is titled Listen like a horse, Kerri did a clinic before our Waterhole Ritual clinic at Brandy House Farm and there are plans for her return so please if you would like to “Listen like a horse” keep an eye out for my Waterhole Ritual clinics and Kerri’s Listen like a horse clinics in Wales. You can find links here on my website under the links tab.
When we open ourselves up completely, listen from our heart, a horse comes along who wants to open his heart up to us, completely!
Love Jayne x